Jacob Slomka, the 10-year old prodigy that famously asked Neil deGrasse Tyson about ways to deflect asteroids when he was here to speak late last year, continues to get attention. Now he’s featured in an article from Ellen DeGeneres’ website as one of their “good news” items.
Jacob is an elementary school student in the Detroit area, and says that while he may have looked confident, he was definitely tense.
“I was really nervous and my legs were shaking a lot,” Jacob tells the Good News Blog.
From metaphysical blankets to what Jacob deemed a “non-Newtonian solid,” the convo quickly became a spectacle.
“I learned a lot from Neil,” Jacob says. “Like, not all asteroids are just one big chunk of rock, some are made of millions of pebbles pulled together.”
Jacob’s passion for science mainly centers around rocks and outer space. He aims to be an astrogeologist when he’s older, though from the sound of things, it won’t be long before he’s an expert. His knowledge of space is as immense as the galaxy itself.
“If you think outer space is empty, that’s where you’re wrong,” he explains. “Honestly, there’s probably more life out there because there are millions and trillions of super-clusters, hundreds of galaxies in those, hundreds of solar systems in those and billions of planets in each galaxy. You think no planet has life besides Earth? Bacteria can live in outer space. If there’s life naturally grown on other planets… boom!”
Jake is a great kid and when you meet his parents, you know how he got that way. And he has a sister who is just as smart and precocious. And his dad Mike is into BBQ too. His mom suggested that he and I should start a competition BBQ team and called it Two Fat Atheists, complete with a logo featuring a baby roasting on a spit. I like that idea.